Turkeys in Ancient Southwestern Pueblos


Essential Question:  What was the importance of the turkey to ancient pueblo people?

Your students will answer this question after doing vocabulary study and going through ten different stations which will include both primary and secondary source information about turkey husbandry in ancient Southwestern pueblos.

The lesson plans are written to address both Common Core and New Mexico state history standards.  A Powerpoint presentation is included as well to make discussion easy and fun with a large group!

Objective:  After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Using primary and secondary sources, cite textual evidence to explain the importance of the turkey to the ancient pueblo people
  • Learn and apply vocabulary appropriate to this unit in a written assessment
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion in primary and secondary source text


  • Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12: RH1,  RH2, RH4,  RH7,  RH8, RH9
  • New Mexico Grade 5-8 Benchmark I-D Skills-Performance Standards:   1D-1, 2A-2, 2B1-2, 2D-1, 2E-1, 2F-1

Recommended as a lesson to work on either before or after your visit to Coronado Historic Site, this lesson will stand alone without the field trip if it is impossible for you to visit us.

Lesson Plan – Turkeys in Ancient Southwestern Pueblos

Teacher Resources to accompany this lesson:

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